Thursday, June 7, 2012
After a month of amnesty, court is now in "get tough" mode on those who failed respond to jury duty summonses.
The Fulton County Superior Court is about to send an invitation to about 8,700 residents who fail to show up for jury duty. And saying "no" to this RSVP is not an option. Those residents will be required to appear in these "show cause" hearings to explain why they failed to respond to serve when summoned. Those Fulton County residents found in violation face fines of up to $500 and/or 20 days in jail. The court calendar for the show cause Hearings are set to begin in July. The move follows several months of the court attempting to contact jury duty no-shows, folks who were called to serve, but failed to show up. It culminated in an amnesty month in May: Those who failed to serve when called could contact the jury management office and …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Juror no-shows in Fulton County have until May 31 to take advantage.
Are you a Fulton County resident who received a notice to appear and ignored it? Fulton County's Superior Court judges devised Jury Summons Amnesty Month to give no-shows a second chance. The month-long amnesty, which ends May 31, is part of the new Failure to Appear Initiative, which is designed to make citizens more responsive to juror summonses. Any Fulton County resident who received a jury summons from the Superior Court of Fulton County but failed to respond can come to the Court and complete an Amnesty Affidavit to serve a future date. Access the Amnesty Affidavit via the: Those who fail to reschedule and continue to ignore jury duty summonses risk fines of up to $500 and up to 20 days in jail.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams explains a month-long initiative designed to give amnesty to people who skip out on their civic responsibility.
With roughly 1 million eligible people from which to choose in Fulton County, jury duty shouldn't be a problem. But in Fulton County it is. The reason: Too many people just don't show up. Fulton County isn't alone, of course. A citizen skipping out on jury duty is a problem facing courts nationwide. But in Fulton County, the rate of no-shows is roughly 50 percent. The result, more frequent calls to attend jury duty — now every 18 months from every three years — to make up for the no-shows court officials have to factor into the mix. At that rate, court officials say they will have to decrease the grace period between jury duty summonses even more. It explains Jury Summons Amnesty Month, a special program Fulton County Superior Court judges…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Fulton County residents who've skipped out on their jury summonses can serve at a future date without penalty.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
by Patch Staff Any Fulton County resident who received a jury summons from the Superior Court of Fulton County but failed to respond can come to the Court and complete an Amnesty Affidavit to serve a future date. As part of Jury Summons Amnesty Month, they can do so without any consequences or penalties. The monthlong amnesty is part of the new Failure to Appear Initiative, which is designed to make citizens more responsive to juror summonses. It also is designed to educate them on the importance jury duty service. The Amnesty Affidavit that allows citizens to reschedule their service during May is available on the websites of: Citizens must appear in person and submit an original, signed affidavit that will be notarized. Copies of …